Jun
1
7:15 PM19:15

Bat Watch

Learn more about Texas bats from our Urban Biologist, Lois Balin, then walk to a nearby arroyo and watch bats emerge and take flight. Meet at 3344 Eileen Dr. Wear sturdy footgear. Bring water. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman, 915-755-7371 (home) or 703-622-0661 (cell), jpackerman53@gmail.com. The most common species in our region is the Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). Using a bat detector, identify other bat species.

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Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Kayak Trip: a Frontera Land Alliance Nature Discovery Event

Join the Frontera Land Alliance and learn more about the river, local birds and more! There is a $15/person fee and a $5 entrance fee/car. The trip begins at the Leasburg Dam State Park in New Mexico. MAP This is a Frontera Alliance Nature Discovery event.

Please RSVP to janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org. Space is limited!

Please support the work of Frontera Land Alliance.

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Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Aug
5
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Sep
2
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Nerd Night: Prehistoric Hiking, an Insights El Paso Event

Kappus Nerd Night.jpg

Insights El Paso has again teamed up with Dr. Eric Kappus to offer a new adult geology education event (Nerd Night: Prehistoric Tracking) 

Event Schedule: 

4 pm – 6 pm:  Special DinoTrack tour with Dr. Eric Kappus and Insights’ DinoTracks guides (directions to the trail head in Sunland Park will be emailed to you upon ticket purchase)
6 pm – 7 pm:   DinoTrack dinner served at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
7 pm – 8 pm:  Prehistoric Tracking talk by Dr. Eric Kappus
Where: DinoTracks Parking area (for hike) and Ardivino's Desert Crossing (for dinner and talk)
How to get tickets and more information: http://www.insightselpaso.org/programs/nerd-nights/

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May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

A Day at Keystone Heritage Park

 Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Celebrate Preservation Month at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Drive. Here's the line-up that you can look forward to:

  1. Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso: 1881 Transcontinental Railroad, "Great Rail Hub of the Southwest," and Streetcars- 1 table
  2. Military History Museum of El Paso - Indian Wars to Mexican Revolution / WW I:  1 table
  3. Rough Riders of the Spanish American War, 1898: 1 table  
  4. CARTA (Camino Real)
  5. Rock Club
  6. West Side Cub Scout Pack
  7. The Trost Society
  8. Keystone Heritage Park
  9. TX Dot Travel Information Center
  10. Frontera Land Alliance
  11. High Desert Nursery
  12. Renaissance Music with Dale Taylor 1:30PM
  13. Crafts for sale
  14. Plant and Wildlife Presentations
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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Native Bee Hike: a Frontera Land Alliance Nature Discovery Event

Join The Frontera Land Alliance and learn more about native bees. Know more about these solitary insects who live in the ground! Feel free to bring your lunch. We will be meeting at Resler Canyon, at the Alto Mesa entrance behind Cafe Italia. MAP This is a Frontera Alliance Nature Discovery event.

Please RSVP to janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org.

Please support the work of Frontera Land Alliance.
 

 

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Apr
29
8:00 AM08:00

Scenic Sundays: A Walk through Time

Sunday, April 29, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Scenic Sundays: A Walk Through Time  
A leisurely, traffic-free walk up the west side of Scenic Drive and learn about the geology, history and legends of the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez region by experts from Southwest University, UTEP, EPISD, the El Paso History Radio Show, and the Texas Trost Society. Meet at the intersection of Robinson Ave. and Scenic Drive. (MAP)
Contact: Dr. Kappus, Southwest University, ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

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Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

10 Essentials Check-List

Learn what the 10 essentials are so you are prepared when spending time outdoors either for a short hike or a camping trip in the backcountry. Rangers at the Wyler Aerial Tramway, 1700 McKinley, (MAP) will be giving demonstrations every 20 minutes. For more information, call 915-562-9899.

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Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Cacti, Lizards and Things that Creep in the Night

Beginning before sunset, Dr. Paul Hyder will talk about cacti and lizards and more. Once it gets dark, the field trip will focus on scorpions and other nocturnal creatures. Find out how desert organisms avoid typically high, frequently lethal, daytime temperatures by adapting to a nocturnal way of life. This field trip is easy walking but be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring flashlights (preferably 1 white and 1 UV) and a camera. Meet at the gate of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.
 

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Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Preserving the Franklin Mountains: A Beginner's Hike

Join Judy Ackerman of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition and friends for this 2.5-miles, 2-hours hike through the recently preserved Knapp Canyon and other Knapp properties. See what will now be preserved and what land still needs to be preserved. Learn more about the importance of land preservation. The hike is very easy. However, there may be some walking off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Mountain View and Zircon. (MAP) For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 915-755-7371 or 703-622-0661; jpackerman53@gmail.com 

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Apr
15
9:00 AM09:00

Cacti and Other Desert Plants of the Franklin Mountains

Hike 1.3 miles along the Agave Loop in the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn about many of the cacti and other succulents of the Franklin Mountains. The trail is steep at some parts, but offers a splendid view. Meet at parking lot for Cottonwood Spring/Mundy's Gap trail in the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Texas Parks Pass.

For more information, please contact the event leader: EPCC Biologist and co-author of “Cacti of Texas in Their Natural Habitat”, Gertrud Konings, Ph.D., gertrudkonings@gmail.com.

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Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Take a 2-hour walk back in time on this 2-miles walking tour of the park.  You will learn about the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande valley, restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems, the plant and animal communities of the park, and the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1‑10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Apr
11
4:00 PM16:00

McKelligon Canyon Geology: a Geo-Ventures Event

Led by EPCC Geologist, Rob Rohrbaugh, learn more about the geology of our moutains. Bring water, wear hiking shoes, use sunscreen and take a hat. Meet at the end of the McKelligon Canyon road loop (the highest point). Access McKelligon Canyon Rd. off of Alabama Street (MAP). There is a $5 park fee per adult. This is mostly a moderate hike with a couple of short, steep and strenuous sections on unstable slopes. Hike is limited to 10 people so make your reservation with Rob at rrohrba1@epcc.edu. This is a Geo-Ventures El Paso event.

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Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Apr
8
9:15 AM09:15

Yoga on the Rocks

Hot Box Yoga again conducts "Yoga on the Rocks". Practice will be led by Blake Wakefield and Matt Morris. Meet at the Upper Sunset Trail (MAP) at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Moutains State Park. Bring your yoga mats, water and wear hiking shoes. There will be a $2 charge for entering the park, a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains. For more information, contact Hot Box Yoga, 915-740-9325.

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Apr
4
2:00 PM14:00

Borderland Water Resources: The Dirty Truth

Take a 1-hr walk through tour of interactive exhibist and desalinzation plant operations followed by a 90-minutes interactive classroom presentation profiling common water consumption and geological factors of water supply, infrastructure and sustainability. The purpose of this tour in to enhance community water awareness from interactive learning activities with integrated service learning/volunteer recruitment as part of the H2O-4-Life program initiavtve from EPCC/UTEP Geological Sciences. Event will be at the EPWU-TecH2O/KBH Desalinization Plant (10751 Montana).

You must RSVP to this event. There is a limit of 30 participants. RSVP to Rob Rohrbaugh, EPCC Geology, rrohrba1@epcc.edu.

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

12th Annual Poppies Fest

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology (4301 Transmountain) presents the 12th Annual Poppies Fest in partnership with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, Border Patrol Museum and the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market. Admission is free and includes EP Museum of Archaeology exhibits and featured films, hands on activities, nature tours, archery, live entertainment, art vendors, food truck and a live hawk encounter. Parking is free at Cohen Stadium Lot #1 (MAP) with shuttle service to and from museums. Donations to the Museum of Archaeology are appreciated. 

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Insights Nerd Night: The Dynamics of Cycling

How will speed, momentum, torque, friction, gravity, and work impact your ride?  Join Insights' Nerd Night to answer all of your questions about the physics of cycling.   While nibbling on a savory flatbread and fresh salad in a newly renovated downtown space, you have the chance not only learn bike science, but also compete for prizes via the indoor training Watt Challenge!  Podium Finish, 921 Texas Avenue, will have multiple indoor training bikes and screens set up to see who can generate the most Watts in a 30 second window. Visit Podium Finish Sports Boutique and Cafe.

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Tom Mays Tin Mine and West Franklin Mountains: a Geo-Venuters Event

Learn more about fossils and rocks and take a tin mine tour. Hike to Cottonwood Springs. There will be an optional limited granite rock cliff rapelling. Fees are $5 per person for park access. Or buy a year-long park pass for $70.00 for the one-holder pass or $95.00 for the two-holder pass. This is a mostly moderated hike with a couple of short, steep and strenuous sections on unstable slopes.

Meet at Tom Mays Park at the end of the park loop (the highest point). MAP

Limit: 10 Persons. Contact Rob Rohrbaugh, rrohrba1@epcc.edu or call/text 925-395-7693 for reservations.

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Mar
24
8:45 AM08:45

Tonuco Mountain Adventure: an El Paso Cactus and Rock Club Event

Hike Tonuco Mountain and see petroglyphs, plant fossils, a fluorite mine, blooming Echinocereus coccineus and enjoy spectacular views of Hatch Valley. SETTING: BLM track between the Border Patrol Stations 17-20 miles north of Las Cruces on I-25 & NM-185. Terrain is unimproved & without facilities in an arroyo from NNW side of Tonuco Mountain. Hike distance is about 2-4 miles round-trip, depending on your destination, & includes walking in riverbed, mild side-hill & non-technical scrambling over rocks. There is no formal trail.

There are two meeting points: At 8:00 AM carpool from El Paso from Kohl's parking lot in NW El Paso. MAP. An alternative to allow 4-wheel drive shuttle to hike start will be at the Exit 32 on I-25 North. (Cross under freeway and wait at exit).

Bring 1 or 2 quarts of water, a snack for lunch, hat, long pants, walking stick, sunblock, good hiking footgear, head light or flashlight for mine.

Contact Kent Richards at 575-644-3605 on the 22nd or 23rd to set-up 4-wheel drive into site. To coordiate carpooling from El Paso, contact Jean-Claude Linossi at wilbur1111@att.net

Please visit the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club website and Facebook page.

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Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Smeltertown Archaeology and History

The El Paso Archaeological Society hosts Mark Howe who will discuss the recent work along the American Canal and the exposure of some of the structures, artifacts and history of the Smeltertown area. Discussion will show some structures that were found and artifacts and work that is being conducted in the area of the American Canal and American Dam. Additionally, we hope to have several guest speakers who will talk about the history of living in or relatives who lived there during the time of Smeltertown’s existence.

The presentation is free, open to the public, and takes place at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso 79924. MAP

Biography: Mark Howe is the Cultural Resources Specialist for the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) in El Paso, Texas. He has BA degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Arizona State University and a MA from UTEP in History. He is currently working on another MA through the Harvard Extension School and several manuscripts on the New Deal projects of the IBWC and the CCC in California.

 

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Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrate Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park's 17th Anniversary

Join the celebration of the 17th Year of Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park. Enjoy live entertainment, fun exhibits* with activities for all ages, and a hike to Ranger Peak. You can sign up for participation in the hike on-site the day of the event at the Wyler Aerial Tramway booth. Hike begins at 1:30 PM. The event is free. Tramway rides are $8 for adults and $4 for children. There is no charge for the guided hike, however a one-way ticket will need to be purchased to ride the Tramway back down ($4 adults and $2 children).

Parking will be available down the street at Bienvivir Senior Health facility, 2300 McKinley Ave. (MAP) and shuttles will be transporting all attendees to the park and back to their vehicles at no cost.

*This is the list of exhibitors:

Hueco Tanks, Franklin Mtns, TPWD (Buffalo Soldiers Program), TecH20, EPA, Poison Control, Defenders of Wildlife, TXDoT, Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, BLM, TX Master Naturalists, Friends of the Rio Bosque, El Paso Parks and Recreation, Chamizal National Memorial, UTEP MosquitoLab

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Artisans of Mata Ortiz: A Complex Origin Story

Archaeologist, Fabiola E. Silva, gives a talk about the artisan community of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. The town, composed of over 500 artists, is well-known for its fine art ceramics. This unique pottery movement, which focused on the use of prehistoric Casas Grandes style symbols and elements, emerged in the 1970's led by Juan Quezada and his patron Spencer MacCalum. Silva will also discuss the role of multiple community members and the role looting and the creation of ceramic fakes has played in the development of this modern pottery movement.

The lecture is sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road. MAP

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Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Aden Crater & Kilbourne Hole Volcanics - A Geo-Ventues Event

Take a 45-minutes dirt road caravan to Kilbourne Hole followed by a 2-hours moderate hike on sand to a Xeno-bomb field. Then go 45-minutes drive to Aden Crater followed by a 2-hours hike on rugged lava rock up into Aden crater and fumarole. This is a moderate hike with brief strenuous episodes over gradual and unstable terrain. Bring 3 bottles of water/person, snacks, stable/rugged shoes, hat, notebook and pen. Wear sunscreen.

Meet at the Westside Rudy's BBQ at the corner of Arcraft and Interstate 10 for caravan grouping. MAP Cars are not recommended due to ground clearance concerns on dirt roads. SUVs and trucks only. 4WD not required. Contact Rob Rohrbaugh (below) for carpool seat availability if needed.

Limit: 10 Persons. Contact Rob Rohrbaugh, rrohrba1@epcc.edu or call/text 925-395-7693 for reservations.

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Mar
4
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:

Sunday, March 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, April 8th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, May 6th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, June 3rd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

El Paso Geology Overview: a Geo-Ventures Event

Learn about Franklin Mountains faulting and strata, the formation of the Hueco and Mesilla Bolsons, the Cristo Rey plutons and the Sierra de Juarez folding and faulting. Start with a 20-minutes moderate hike, followed by a tram ride to the top of the south Franklin Mountains ridge. Discuss and view regional geology from the tram overlook. Optional strenuous and steep hike up/down the Directissimo Trail for avid, experienced hikers only. Bring water (at least one liter), hiking or running shoes, hat, a pen and pad. 

Meet at Wyler Aerial Tramway via McKinley and Alabama. MAP

Limit: 10 Persons. Contact Rob Rohrbaugh, rrohrba1@epcc.edu or call/text 925-395-7693 for reservations.

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Feb
24
7:00 AM07:00

Bird Hotspots on El Paso's Westside

Go birdwaching with the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society to Hotspots on El Paso's
Westside. Meet at at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan. MAP  Birders will check out Keystone, then Crossroads Pond as well as the El Paso Country Club and possibly Coronado Country Club.  Beginners and nonmembers are welcome.  Contact Mark Perkins at 915-637-3521 for more information.
 

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Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  244 different species have been recorded to date.  By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.
 

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